Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela)
(May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959)
Valens was a pioneer of the Spanish-Speaking rock and roll movement
with a a career lasting only eight months. During this short span of time,
he had several hits, most notably was “La Bamba” in 1958.
Ritchie died in a tragic plane crash that also claimed the lives of fellow
rock musicians Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson on
February 3, 1959 in Iowa.